Artistic Director of Swim Pony Performing Arts Adrienne Mackey shares a radical idea to galvanize gender parity in theater. In her words, “the tough thing about talking about the issue of gender parity, the problem, wasn’t intentions, but a lack of culpability for outcomes. In other words, how do you get people to not just think about doing the right thing but actually motivate them to do it?”
She thereby proposes that instead of funding programs, what the drive for gender parity essentially needs is “a reward system that is entirely based on outcomes”. Visit the blog to read her outline of this radical new idea that should have the performing arts world sitting up and taking notice.
Alice Tuan, playwright-in-residence at the 2013 Ojai Playwrights Conference, has penned a hard-hitting manifesto that was delivered at the Radar LA Festival 2013. Her manifesto, entitled “A Life Stance” is an excerpt from her play Cocks Crow. Tuan raises several pertinent questions in her acerbic, yet witty piece.
(Thank you to Paul Cello for sharing this with us!)
Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune writes about Chicago being one of the frontrunners in the fight for gender parity; he writes that “What women playwrights need the most is mainstage productions at high-profile theaters. In Chicago this winter, that is what many of them have been getting.”
“Plays by women — or the lack thereof in production — have very much been in the news these last few weeks. When a large group of Washington theaters made a commitment to produce just one new play by a woman in the fall of 2015, the move was described in the Washington Post as “audacious.”… What women playwrights need the most is mainstage productions at high-profile theaters. In Chicago this winter, that is what many of them have been getting.”
A Special Commendation was awarded to Phoebe Waller-Bridge for her debut play, Fleabag.”
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